The National Youth March

ITS–H-47The National Youth March, or Kirab Remaja Nasional (KRN) is a long procession of young people who march in relay moving one place to another as they carry flags, plaques, banners and logos as well as streamers with slogans proclaiming the achievements of the young generation. At certain designated places they spend the night with the local people at their homes and carry out social work, conduct  discussions and present cultural performances which are held simultaneously throughout the country.

This national activity, conducted by Tiara Indonesia Foundation, was held for the first time in 1990 and aimed at organizing Indonesia’s youth as they face the future. The original idea came from Mrs. Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana — usually called (Mbak Tutut) in order to realize the Indonesian youth’s struggle to develop the nation and to broaden their perspectives.

Since the third Kirab in 1993, this activity has become a forum for international friendship which has been participated not only by young people from all provinces of Indonesia but also representatives from other countries namely Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia, the  Philippines,  Thailand, Australia and Japan. In the most recent Kirab, more participants came from Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, England, USA, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Poland, Pakistan, Vietnam, Portugal and Hungary. At this point, KRN is expected to play a part in humanity achieving a peaceful world by developing mutual understanding, friendship and attentiveness.

KRN will be conducted again for the fifth time in 1997. To commemorate the Event, the directorate of Post and Telecommunications issued a series of stamps on June 8, 1996. This date commemorated both the establishment of the Tiara Indonesia foundation as well as President Suharto’s own birthday. Along with the stamps, Pos Indonesia issued a first day cover.

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